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PP-150 Mobo & 8 GB of RAM. Waste of an "Upgrade"?

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October 22, 2010 8:13:40 PM

I recently OC'd my Dell 630i to squeeze some performance out of it for gaming.

I'm working on a Dell PP-150 Mobo
Intel2 Q6600 2.4
4 x 1 GB Corasir 800MHz DDR2 RAM
2 x Nvidia 8800GTs SLI
Windows Vista 32 bit
Resolution 1680x1050

By getting the CPU up from 2.4-3.2 and pushing the RAM to 900Mhz I got a nice boost and got a little excited.

Maybe too excited because I was thinking it would be smart to "upgrade" my RAM even further and purchased 4x2GB of Corsair 800Mhz RAM which I haven't opened yet.

I realized that with my 32 bit Vista I wasn't going to get any use out of the 8 GB RAM so I ordered windows7 64 bit last night.

Now, I've been trying to figure out if my Mobo can even support 8 GB of RAM. I have 4 DIMM slots, but I cant find any info on what the max supportable RAM is on the PP-150.

Will it even utilize 8 GB with a proper OS?

I've been trying to buy things that I can slowly upgrade my current rig.
I eventually (within 12 months) want to upgrade the mobo to an i5 and OC the intel 760 to ~ 4 GHz. Will the 8GB DDR2 RAM I purchased be a complete waste in that mobo? I was thinking that 4 GB DDR3 @ 1333-1600Mhz might be a better purchase if I know I'm going to put in an i5 mobo.

I can return it if its not going to really help my system and wait for the new mobo to upgrade my RAM.

Thanks for the help.

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October 22, 2010 8:28:17 PM

I looks like it will support 8 Gb see below:
http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=XPS%2...
Be carefull with the Win7 64 bit though. Run the advisor below after downloading.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-...
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October 22, 2010 8:38:54 PM

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October 22, 2010 8:39:10 PM

Thanks for the quick reply!
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October 25, 2010 6:02:58 AM

Even though it supports 8GB, you won't see much benefit from the jump, and it will be unusable in your next system. Even on some fairly high end systems, people don't go over 4 GB of RAM. I would still return it. Keep Win 7, though, you'll be able to use in in your i5 build. If you want to keep upgrading, try to get things that will be able to move to your next system. A new case, or SSD, or monitor, etc.
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